Golf club must expand to survive

PUBLISHED: 13:33 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

THE future of Honiton Golf Club could be in doubt if it is not allowed to expand to attract more members.

THE future of Honiton Golf Club could be in doubt - if it is not allowed to expand to attract more members.That's what town councillors were told when faced with a planning application for supplementary parking at the Northleigh Hill Road complex.The golf club currently provides 98 parking spaces, but would like to increase the number to 200.Councillor Michael Teare, chairman of Honiton Town Council's planning committee, told a meeting that a covering letter explained many golf clubs risk closure.Additional facilities were required to increase membership and keep the club going."It is a popular venue locally, but there is only so much that can be achieved with the present layout," Councillor Teare explained.After reading a report, submitted by golf club secretary Brian Young, Councillor Teare revealed the club aims to update existing facilities, extend the clubhouse and host major tournaments and functions."Before they can do any of that, they need to provide additional parking spaces," he said.The committee had no objection to the plan, but agreed Offwell Parish Council should be consulted and that development restrictions in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty be checked.

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